Driffield 38 - 26 Cleckheaton
By Neil Gillan
Cleckheaton Away Day Hoodoo continues
Cleckheaton travelled to Driffield looking to record a first away league win this season. A much changed team from last week's Yorkshire Cup success took the field, Niall Jackson starting at prop, Bradley Marsden returned in the second row with Josh Plunkett moving to No 8. Danny Booth made his first start for the club at left wing.
Driffield played with the breeze in the first half and got the early try when centre Ben Dinsdale, who proved to be a handful all game, burst through some indifferent tackling to score to the right of the posts, Watts added the goal to make it 7-0.
Cleckheaton got into the game and after good approach play, Martin Woodhead put Booth into space and the pacy wing scored wide on the left, Dearing added the goal on his return to his former club and it was 7-7 after 16 minutes. 2 minutes later the lead was restored when Dinsdale got away to score a long range try under the posts with Watts adding the simple conversion. Matt Piper got the next score when he burst onto a short inside pass from Dearing to score his 3rd try of the season, Dearing adding the extras to level the scores again.
Cleckheaton were guilty of coughing up possession when in good field position on a number of occasions but when an attack down Driffield's left flank looked to have been lost, the referee deemed the ball had been kicked ahead and James Wilson followed up and won the chase to the line. The conversion by Dearing gave Cleckheaton a 21 -14 lead. This advantage lasted just minutes though when Seddon knocked on in midfield and Ben Dinsdale completed his hat trick with another try, goaled by Watts and it was 21-21 at half time with all to play for.
5 minutes into the second half, Driffield went ahead again and it was Dinsdale who crossed again for the bonus point try. Watts added his 4th successful kick 28-21. The home team were retaining possession well even though Cleckheaton held the upper hand in both scrum and line out. When Dearing was clearing a kick downfield, a spectacular grab kept the ball in play and quick hands by the backs put wing Joe Robinson clear to score Driffield's 5th try, Watts converted and the home team were 2 scores clear for the first time at 35-21.
Cleckheaton got their bonus point try on 62 minutes when possession was secured at a line out and Josh Plunkett expertly controlled the maul to crash over the line, the try was unconcerned 35-26. The final score came from a Watts penalty goal on 67 minutes and while Cleckheaton had the lions share of possession in the final 10 minutes, the handling errors continued and they couldn’t add the score to give a losing bonus point. Cleckheaton remain in 12th in the league.
Next week Consett visit Moorend for the first time and they are winless this season, kick off is at 2 15.